Music Bio for Hakeem aka Wizdom

I started listening to music when I was 4 years old, that I can remember. 

​I wanted to be a musical performer but I didn’t really think I could do it, because there weren’t many solo artists at that time. I was in get set I believe at this time. I lived right off Broad and Erie then. Next in Winfield West Philadelphia after leaving my much beloved great Grandmother Odessa may she rest in peace, from 17th
and Erie right off Broad Street, I heard more music rumors. The first was I had famous uncles that sang. I felt then maybe I could be an artist. My biological father was the one that told me about my famous uncles and sparked the possibility of me becoming an artist by Gods will.
Now I see artist like LL Cool J and I’m like wow maybe I can be a solo artist. So the journey began. I wrote my first song at 5 years old called I’m Solo. I believe that was the title. I will check and let you know later if it was a different title. I got skipped a grade and went from get set to first grade in West Oak Lane at Pennell Elementary. I really liked school I won all types of academic awards, I found it easy, but what urban academic syllabus isn’t? Here is where I wrote my first song that went public. My first public song was called “Read It.” Read it won the attention of the Philadelphia local paper.

Read It was and imitation of the late great Michael Jackson’s song “Beat it”. I didn’t perform this song. I decided that I wanted a close friend of mine to perform it. I wrote it and designed the choreography. Jamal performed it on stage and did a great job.
To get away from the haters and vicious cycle of the hood or to do things I know people liked, I started doing parties at the age of 12. I was a dam good DJ to. I use to scratch my ass off. I showed a little of my scratching talent on one of my songs “Just Enough”. My house got robbed either an outside or inside job I’m not sure, but my turntables were now gone.

Now I felt such a relief to get out of the house to visit my aunt Viola, Uncle Johnny and Cousin Maurice. I met my Aunt Viola, Uncle Johnny and Cousin Maurice when I was about 9 or 10 I guess. My cousin Maurice was my first rap group partner.  I taught my cousin Maurice how to scratch and I was the MC.
​ Now I am in a crack house with my bull and some Jamaican friend’s selling drugs, great I didn’t know at that time I couldn’t put this on my resume lol. Soon after this was the first time I ever been shot at. We were on the corner of Clearfield and Chew in Philadelphia Pa. Some stick up kids came by pulled out shot guns and started shooting, down the street from 35th district.

I ran while being shot at and got away. I didn’t think about it until now, but I think that was God looking out for me. I went on to junior high then high school selling drugs, smoking weed and drinking. I didn’t get my high school diploma until years later. I hooked back up with my cousin Maurice who had a crew up Yeadon, I joined them and I named our group TKG and we were off and rolling.

I won’t talk about the drug selling any further and hit on my life, let’s stick to the music.

I asked my crew would they mind if I wrote a rhyme for a Pepsi contest I heard about on the radio. They reluctantly said yes so I wrote it, we did the music and I won by 98%. I joked about it saying the only other people that must have voted for the other two finalists, must have been their mommas. Local boys won a trip to Hollywood.

We went to Hollywood and were robbed our competitors was one of the investors of the sponsors for the contest. We won I tell you. When we performed it was like God himself told them to get out of their seats at once. It was spiritual, we was robbed I tell you. I was frustrated and ended up catching the earlier flight home; it was a long quiet straight 5 hour flight home.
​I went on to work for office Depot which was a great job. I met a preacher at that job that told me you can get your own studio. I started on that path. I went to the library in Echelon NJ and the librarians there were God sent. They gave me information I would have never obtained on the streets of Philadelphia. Reference books and contract sources. I don’t remember her name but she was an older white lady she was cool.   I came back to Germantown Philadelphia, and started Ghetto Embassy Records and here we are. We rocked it but cops caused us all kinds of problems. Financial problems held me up for years, now were back.



Professional Collaboration List:


Clay Sears:
Who worked with- Boyz II Men to his work with Rihanna, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Common, Lauryn Hill, Joe Jonas and Jill Scott. He has continued to expand his network of top artists. He toured for 3 years with Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D., the internationally known artist (Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stefani). With N.E.R.D. Clay played at LIVE EARTH in front of 600,00 people in Rio de Janeiro  and to more than one billion on TV.

Daron Ross:
One of Philly’s top producers in the late 90’s

Zhané:
American R&B/hip hop soul duo, best known for their 1993 hit "Hey Mr. D.J.", which reached No. 6 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Other popular hits include "Groove Thang" and minor hit "Sending My Love," both released in 1994.

Walter Bunny Sigler: 

Is a pop and R&B songwriter and record producer who has done extensive work with the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and who was instrumental in creating the "Philly Sound"


Eddie Holman:
American singer and recording artist. He is best known for his 1970 hit song "Hey There Lonely Girl"


 Places Performed:

Hollywood California: Universal Studios
California: Sheraton Hotel Lounge
Philadelphia: Second Cousins
Philadelphia: Uptown Theater
Philadelphia: Studio 4
Philadelphia: Stinger Night Club
Philadelphia: Penns landing
Camden NJ: Waterfront
Bridgeton NJ: Bridgeton Music Hall
Philadelphia: Upper Deck
Philadelphia: Too Much Club
​ Philadelphia: Pennell Elementary




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